Explore Bowness-on-Windermere Things to do near The Ryebeck

The Ryebeck is located just a short walk from Bowness-on-Windermere, an idyllic town with a bustling atmosphere, surrounded by stunning countryside. Bowness is often cited as a tourist hotspot and a must-visit area of the Lake District, set on the shores of Windermere. It has remained famous for its huge range of activities and attractions including, of course, the famed World of Beatrix Potter, Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House and Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories due to open in early 2019.

The nearby town of Windermere also offers lots of exciting landmarks; if you’re with the kids pop by Brockhole on Windermere and stroll up Orrest Head. Or if you crave adventure then Kankku and Windermere Canoe & Kayak are for you.

Windermere, England’s longest lake, is well known for the scheduled cruises provided by Windermere Lake Cruises that take passengers around the lake, giving them the best view of the lake and surrounding area. If you love being on the water, the huge array of water-based activities is limitless, including kayaking, wake boarding, open water swimming or just simply hiring a rowing boat for some peace and quiet.

A Great Day Out about Windermere

  • History

    There has been a church on the site of St. Martin’s, Bowness, since 1208, at this time the town as it is now, was nothing more than a small fishing village. This all rapidly changed with the arrival of the railway in nearby Windermere (formerly known as Birthwaite) in 1847. This led to an influx of people and above all tourists seeking to take the country air, turning Bowness into a bustling lakeside town.

  • Shopping

    There are plenty of options for shopping in Bowness, including retail, outdoor clothing, art galleries, jewellery shops, shoes and gift shops. In addition, there are also a huge number of cafés, pubs and restaurants for you to stop off in, ideal for those exploring the wonderful town. In Windermere, there are also many unique shops for you to discover including Agnes and Cat, bespoke furniture maker Peter Hall or visit the flagship Lakeland Ltd cook shop.

  • Walking

    There are a huge number of walks leading off from Bowness, including a pathway up the western shore or even walking inland towards Windermere town itself. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy a stroll around Bowness, taking in the sights, on a walk that’s only a mile long. Bowness-on-Windermere is a 20-minute walk from The Ryebeck Hotel, or a 5-minute drive. If you want to explore more, the Lake District provides many stunning walks; you can get lost on a beautiful woodland walk or hike up Gummer’s How, becoming one with the spectacular landscape.